Tires are the only exposed part of the car, footage provided by the mayor of Belleville
Coutesy: Belleville Mayor’s Office
A major 72-inch-long break in the water is ravaging New Jersey’s largest city and surrounding communities on Tuesday, with hospitals forced to divert some high-risk patients and the Board of Education. Newark declared a citywide water emergency as crews responded to a vehicle submerged in water according to officials.
Anthony Iacono, the town manager of Belleville, said the pipeline burst in Branch Brook Park on the border of Newark and neighboring Belleville at around 8 a.m. That led to some initial confusion about the source of the break. As of 9:15 a.m., it was still unclear how many separate water lines could be affected or how many ruptures might be.
There appeared to be two problems – the primary one at Branch Brook Park on Mill Street and a second disruption on Joralemon Street, also in Belleville, fire officials said. Fire officials worked to provide pressure.
All of Belleville is without water or under low pressure, according to officials, and most of Newark — especially the North, West, South and Central wards, is experiencing similar difficulties. A boiling water advisory is in effect for both communities, and Newark said it will deliver water to homes. Many hospitals are affected. Some are redirecting patients or water or both.
The clip provided by the mayor of Belleville showing a tire stuck in muddy water. It is unclear if it was occupied at the time of the flood or if the person had to be saved.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we advise residents affected by a major water break to boil their tap water until further notice. See previous posts for more information.” Belleville officials wrote on Facebook.
Officials said both Belleville and Newark water departments are working to resolve the issue. The Newark Office of Emergency Management is asking nearby cities for help to supply water to water tankers while repairs are being made.
With much of the area completely without water or suffering from low pressure, the Newark Board of Education declared a “citywide water emergency” and canceled all post-summer school programs for the remainder of the year. day.
Chopper 4 shows standing water by a bridge on Branch Brook Park Drive as backup vehicles began to develop around 8:15 a.m. A river runs along the road, but it doesn’t look like it happened on Tuesday.
Water was seen spewing from what appeared to be a hole in the middle of the road.
A short aerial ride away, people were seen standing in ankle-high water in Belleville next to Mill Street, where the incident occurred. It is unclear when officials expect time to fully recover or even if they have isolated and resolved the issue by mid-morning.
Newark is served by two reservoirs upstream, although it is unclear whether they serve the city with separate water sources.
The investigation is ongoing.